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Celebrating independent music

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Special to the DailyHailing from Los Angeles, Jay Nash plays Hot Summer Nights Tuesday.

VAIL ” Jay Nash is a traveling man. He logged 30,000 miles of touring in 2004 and 200 shows in 2005. This summer, Nash is criss-crossing the country with his brand of electric folk-rock in support of his newest release “Some Kind of Comfort.”

“Some Kind of Comfort” is a celebration of the Los Angeles independent music scene, Nash said, featuring collaborations with L.A. players. The collaborations make for an eclectic record, opening with the wistful yet upbeat “Eleanor” (featuring Geoff Pearlman on guitar and Chris Pierce on backing vocals) and closing with the rousing, chorus-driven “High On A Hill” (featuring an all-star chorus of musicians that hint at the all-night party that inspired the song). In between, Nash offers the heartbreaking “Falling Down” and “Wayfarer” (with Wheat/Ryko recording artist Adrianne on backing vocals on both tracks).

The Los Angeles Times has called Nash one of “the strongest voices on the L.A. singer-songwriter circuit,” while Splendid Magazine compared the record to “the warm sessions churned out during Cat Stevens’ heyday … but there’s something vital in the material that transcends that familiarity.”

“I just want to connect with people and tell stories,” Nash said of his lengthy tours. On this trip, he will play with various configurations of his band, including Chris Pierce on guitar, Bart Ryan on electric and slide guitar, Adam Marcello on drums and Naimee Coleman on backing vocals.

Nash plays Hot Summer Nights at Ford Amphitheater Tuesday at 6 p.m.

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